Myofascial Release Therapy    

Myofascial Release is a form of hands-on therapy used to treat soft tissue restrictions including neuromuscular pain, limited musculoskeletal range of motion, and somatic dysfunction.

This therapy involves a gentle, engaging, stretching and mobilization on multiple fascial planes, to release restrictions and adhesions.

"Myo"=muscle. Fascia is the thin connective tissue that covers every fiber within each muscle, bands every muscle, and sheathes all internal organs of the body. It is an extensive interconnected network from cranium to toe which carries electrical stimulation that can communicate information to all tissues and organs.

When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and fascia which surround and permeate the muscle become shortened and tight. This imbalanced, uneven stress compresses nerves, causing pain and can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body.

Trigger points are an example of referral pain experienced in remote areas of the body. An example of a classic trigger point would be when pressure is focused on the upper shoulder muscle (trapezius) there is a referred pain felt in the head when dysfunction is present.

Irritation of fascia results in inflammation. Chronic inflammation can cause thickening of the connective tissue (fibrosis), resulting in pain and reflexive muscle tension, which causes deficient blood supply to tissues (vasoconstriction), and further inflammation. Myofascial Release focuses on breaking this disruptive cycle.

There are two main types of Myofascial Therapy; active and passive, incorporating direct and indirect techniques.

Susan Mara implements the passive (where the client is relaxed and not assisting) and indirect (gentle pressure is placed in the direction of ease rather than of restriction) in her Myofascial therapy work. She finds this method to be the most beneficial. Light pressure is maintained, and as the barrier releases, the therapist feels a "therapeutic pulse"; a rhythmic dissipation with heat, and a softening of the tissue.

This is a wonderful adjunctive therapy to Craniosacral or Massage therapies.

"Pain and illness are indicators of imbalance. We are now remembering to treat the cause, and not merely the symptoms" ~ SM

"My daughter Jasmine is 6 years old and in first grade, she has been struggling with her reading for the past year. The last school year Jasmine didn't even move up a reading level. We tried every suggestion the school had offered and nothing was working. Summer school was suggested to try to help improve her reading. Susan did a combination of CranioSacral and her other energy therapy on Jasmine. She went for her first session and she absolutely loved it!!! The school tested her two weeks later and Jasmine had moved up two reading levels! Then after her last follow up appointment the next day she was tested and again moved up one more level! After a year of struggling, I feel truly blessed to have found something that finally worked! Jasmine no longer is struggling with her reading and is now enjoying it. "
~Diana P Town: Longmont
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